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 I fixed most of the broken links on the handout. Now I guess I need to do a more fleshed-out version that's easier to peruse online instead of just the bland, easily printed version.

But the information is still good!

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I have finished my hood, knit in worsted weight wool on size 10 1/2 needles and then felted.

The lirripipe is heavy and tends to pull the hood off the back of my head, but we'll see how it goes when I wear it with my braids and cap.


Aug. 18th, 2015 07:37 pm
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I started a Dropbox account, so now I can share my sprang handouts here on my blog!


Here goes the first test...
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Finished the sprang piece for the center panel of my Lengberg bra reconstruction.

White cotton crochet thread, sewn together at the end to finish. This was taken from a chart by Beatrix Nutz in her article in NESAT XI "Bras in the 15th Century? A Preliminary Report".

Still have to work out the needle lace pattern and the rest of the structure, but the lace is done!

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So, in preparing for Pennsic I realized that I have not included any of my class info here at all.

First up: a few links to museum sites with period sprang items.

1. Sprang hanging fragment in the Met:


Date: ca. 1450–1500
Culture: British, London
Medium: Wool, sprang
Dimensions: L. 16 3/4 x W. 14 inches (42.5 x 35.6 cm)
Classification: Textiles
Credit Line: Gift of George F. Lawrence, 1928
Accession Number: 28.197
This artwork is not on display

2. Sprang tablecloth in the Schweizerisches Nationalmuseum (Swiss National Museum)


Tischdecke. Blattmotiv. Bautenmusterung mit stilisierten Löwen, Adlern, Bäumen und geometrischen Figuren. Sprangtechnik auf Leinen/Flachs. 1400 - 1450. Herkunft: Schweiz, Innerschweiz. Masse: Länge 320 cm, Breite 75 cm. (LM-22119)


Tablecloth. Leaf motif. Diamond pattern with stylized lions, eagles, trees and geometric figures. Sprang technique on linen / flax. From 1400 to 1450. Origin: Switzerland, Central Switzerland. Dimensions: Length 320 cm, width 75 cm. (LM-22119)

3. Silk Garters late 16th century


Garter (one of a pair)

Italian, 1575–1600

4.5 x 160 cm (1 3/4 x 63 in.)
Medium or Technique
Plaited silk (sprang) and gilt-metal with tassels
Accession Number

4. "Tegle" stocking


About the object
Spranget strømpelgg eller erme med brikk(.

Photo: Norsk Folkemuseum

Spranget strømpelgg eller erme med brikkevevde kanter. Teglefunnet fra eldre jernalder. Time, Jæren, Rogaland.
Belongs to:
Norsk Folkemuseum


5. Lengberg "Bra"

Linen "bra" with sprang hole pattern in the center portion and needle lace on the shoulders
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Well, I've been working on by daughter's Elsa dress and some last-minute scrolls, but I did find time to test out a pattern.
It's the "Good Dame Eve" hat from Piecework July/August 2012 by Joanne Watson.

It isn't as elegant as Marion McNealy's Gagiana pattern; the increases and decreases are more abrupt and the brim came out more octagonal than round. But it did full nicely and the hubs says he likes this hat, as those features make it more interesting.

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And I forgot to get a photo of me in the latest veil until this weekend. I pinned the sides near my ears as well as two on the top, so it conforms to the shape of my face better than the last time I tried to wear it.

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Definitely less collapsing of the panes on this one than the thinner one where it curves over the head.
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Well, my garter got a 1st place at our regional A&S Faire, so it's on to Kingdom!

Garter and tassel

Garter full length

I have only minor changes to make in the documentation. I may fiddle with the center part a bit and see if I can tighten up that part a bit. I have already shifted a lot of twist down to the center part to even it up a bit (it leaves a very loose area in the center when it gets too tight to work any more rows. One row of chaining didn't take up much).
Now the hard part is going to be turning it into an article for the Gauntlet or the Pale.
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I finished hemming and starching the Flemish veil re-do in time for 12th night, but I didn't get to wear it as I had to stay home due to illness. At least it gives me time to re-do it. The wired front needs to be shortened a bit so the "wings" are smaller. And next time I will try the wheat starch paste rather than the spray starch. But it worked OK in a pinch!

Flemish veil )

In other news, I started my sprang garters. They are silk and metal threads, so I hope none of them break before I'm done. I was hoping to have them done for the A&S Faire in April, but it's slow going. I may only have one done for the Faire. It's about 12 rows/inch and I get about 4-6 rows per hour.

Sprang garter )
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Guess I should include the fretwork experiment too.

This was done by tacking 4 layers of hemmed linen strips in a brick (or honeycomb) pattern. It was then starched and pinned open to dry.
I used the foam pipe insulation from the hardware store, and slid an old cardboard fabric bolt support into the slot. The pins go through the foam and into the cardboard. Each cardboard was then laid on a TV tray, with the veil hanging between them.

Drying pinned open )

It doesn't bend well; it tends to collapse at the top. So I think it would be better to make bigger panes and more layers.

Finished veil )
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I managed to get the zigzag veil done in time to display at Crown this weekend.

I started out with three straight layers, with two gathered layers sandwiched between. I starched the gathered layers and pleated them, pressing them into the zig-zag shape. The effect was pretty, but not as precise as I liked, and the lower edges wanted to turn under.

Untacked veil )

So I went back and tacked the veil at 1" intervals where the "points" of the triangles meet the straight sections. I starched it again and allowed it to dry with "holders" in place. I made these by taping 3 wooden craft sticks together in a triangle shape, and insert them in the holes. The veil is then allowed to dry and the sticks are removed. This gave a much more structured look. Not sure how it holds up to actually being worn yet, though.

Holders in place )

Finished zigzag veil )

Up next: A veil with the frills on top and along the shoulders.....and maybe a new cote to go with it.
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I haven't done much to update recently, but I guess I haven't done a whole lot that wasn't for the pouch/napkin project for Her Majesty.

It seems I have not yet included the orange beret I knit a while back, modeled by my daughter:
Beret )

From the pattern here: http://www.curiousfrau.com/diaries/94-knitted-mans-hat-from-the-ship-qgagianaq

The napkin and pouch projects are posted on the Middle Kingdom Textile Guild group on Facebook:

and the e-group:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MK_Textile_Artisan_Guild under "photos"
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I have added a lot of new photos to my flickr account. I finally scanned in all the photos and color copies I have made over the years, so I have a back up if anything happens to the originals.

These start with my very first attempts up to my latest artwork. And I have forgotten to copy or scan a lot of them, so there are a lot that I've forgotten all about. But it's interesting to go back and look at some I did a while back, and find that I know a lot more of the recipients now than I did when I made the scrolls...

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Finished Catarina's pouch, but haven't blocked it yet. Still waiting to see if she wants tassels on the bottom.

Less Christmas-y, I hope )

I tried a new pattern in crochet cotton before doing it in silk. Looks cool, just hope I can do it in the silk without it getting too "fuzzy"

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Well, I started out to knit a pouch for HRH Catarina to carry her cell phone. I didn't like the way this one came out, as it's too "Christmas-y". Too much green, I think. So I'll be taking another stab at it, but she decided to keep this one anyway :-)

Midrealm pouch )
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Well, I'm jumping on the band wagon and doing some silk painting :-)
Got the DynaFlo at JoAnn with my 50% off coupon and used their Scribbles Shiny fabric paint for the resist. It worked just fine, but next time I will remember to outline the hem with black to keep the two colors from bleeding together on the edges. And keep it off the plastic so the dye isn't wicked onto other parts of the silk :-(


And then I did a few silk fans with roses and dragons for the gift basket for Crown tourney next weekend.


Next up: another banner for the scribal assignment my husband got, to go along with their scroll.

Knit hats

Sep. 28th, 2012 02:21 pm
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So I've started on knitting some hats just for fun.

First up: Spanish 15th century, pattern courtesy of Dona Beatriz (www.spanishseamstress.org). It's knit in Patton's Classic wool, felted and then brushed to create a nap. It's a plum heather with a lot of light and dark threads in it, so it looks too modern. Thinking of doing a Kool-Aid overdye and see if that evens out the color.
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Well, I am now in the A&S 50 challenge. Baroness Cat asked me to be her regional deputy, so I guess I've been assimilated....

I've decided to go with a "breadth" challenge that fits my short attention span. I started a spreadsheet for the projects. And added all 11 that I could think of so far. At least I have another 3 years to finish the other 39!

Went to Fiber Fest today and had a grand time with Jen and Karen. Only came home with 2 yarns, but now I need to find some patterns and help them learn to knit as well.

So I guess I should go poke around Ravelry...
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So, I finally finished the first attempt at the sprang stockings found in Norway. The most interesting thing about them is the tablet weaving on the ends. Warping the frame is very clever: a loop of yarn is brought up from the bottom and put through the tablet warp at the top, with an extra thread run through the loops to make sure they stay. This means that only a single loop has to be but through the tablet shed instead of shoving the whole skein through as you make the sprang warp. I still need to get this written up and a diagram to go with the pictures, but here's a preview.

Sprang pictures )

I also have some info posted on my Ravelry account: Evavanold
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So, I added the tassels and drawstrings (although I still want to do a lining so the treads don't get caught when the pouch is in use) so it looks fancier now.
The finished pouch )

Now hopefully this will inspire others to finish their projects so we actually have something to give future royalty.
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